Wrong drive letter prevents booting

Mon, 2008-08-18 18:37 by trww222 · Forum/category:

Error Code: 0x80070002 led to my inadvertently resetting the drive letter of the system drive. Now the system will not reboot.

Talk about stepping into it! While deleting some files for space, I inadvertently deleted or uninstalled something that when I rebooted, I received the following message:

A problem is preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error code: 0x80070002.

I went to Microsoft.com for help. The first workaround did not apply as there was no "Cryptography" folder at the named location in my registry. I inadvertently tried the 2nd option (Reset the drive letter of the system drive). I changed "C" to "D" and "D" to "C". Now, my system will not reboot.

When I attempt to get to safe mode, I am unable to get to the logon screens. I am only able to get to the Recovery Console screen (which looks and acts as a "DOS" prompt; however, I am not sure what to enter to attempt to recover my system.

I do not want to reload Windows as I still have data that I wish to not lose. (Yes, I wish I had spent the $50 to back up my PC. . . ) Can anybody "safely" help me?

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

Possible, but not easy

Mon, 2008-08-18 19:41 by admin

The article How to change a drive letter explains it in its last chapter.

(In fact, it used to be somewhere else. Your question prompted me to rearrange the texts to make them easier to find.)

Good luck—the procedure is not for the faint-hearted. But I've done it a number of times and know that it works.

The original problem can be solved with a Repair Installation, but that requires a full retail Windows installation CD.

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